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Jul 22, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is Harry Targ , Professor Emeritus at Purdue University who taught U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and Peace Studies for 50 years. As a primary topic we talk with Professor Targ about ideological hegemony and campuses. Harry recently wrote an essay titled, “The Contradictions Facing 21st Century Higher Education: The Case of ‘Civic Literacy’ at Purdue University.” He writes about the “emergence of educational institutions as critical...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Harry Targ, Higher Education, Ideological Hegemony, Civic Literacy
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Jul 15, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest is leftist activist and '60s movement leader Carl Davidson . On the show, Carl discusses two topics. The first has to do with a narrative of two intertwined histories, the America of slavery, war, and empire, and the America of popular democracy. Carl also talks about his work around the Green New Deal – and a new industrial policy aspect. Who will make the hardware for the Green New Deal and do we have it in place? Carl Davidson is a national committee member of...
Topics: Thorne Dreyer, Carl Davidson, American History, Green New Deal
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Jun 24, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio is Philip Russell and we discuss the presidency of Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Philip has joined us to discuss the state of affairs in Mexico for the last six years, first under Enrique Peña Nieto and then under AMLO, whose term is half over. Philip characterizes AMLO’s administration, the major challenges he’s faced – including the economy, pandemic, poverty, drug cartels, and corruption, and the major draught that is an...
Topics: Rag Radio, Phillip Russell, Thorne Dreyer, Mexico, López Obrador, AMLO
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Jun 17, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio are Hilton Obenzinger and Jonah Raskin. Jonah is a regular guest on this show. Hilton is the author of Witness 2017-2020, a book of poetry that Jonah recently reviewed for The Rag Blog . It covers the time of Trump’s presidency (when, according to Raskin, “Donald Trump cracked a whip and… many, though not all Americans, jumped.” These two gentlemen from the Sixties (both were active in SDS and other Movement activities) discuss today’s issues,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Hilton Obenzinger, Jonah Raskin, American Writers, Jewish Poets
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Jun 3, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Environmental researcher Bruce Melton joins Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio to discuss responses to a climate emergency. He covers what a climate emergency is and why we have such emergencies, the nature of climate tipping, what “weather mayhem” is, and much more. He also discusses how we can delay these catastrophes and implement a climate energy response Bruce Melton is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, climate science education specialist, author, and director of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Bruce Melton, Thorne Dreyer, Environment, Climate Change, Climate Emergencies
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May 27, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Our Rag Radio news and politics analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda dig into the news with Thorne Dreyer . Among topics discussed are the Palestine-Israel conflict (and Roy gives a gripping overview of that conflagration) and U.S. policy towards Israel, voter suppression, racism, and the potential gubernatorial races of Beto O’Rourke and Matthew McConaughey. And lots more. Noted Democratic strategist and commentator and Rag Radio political analyst Glenn W. Smith , the director of Progress...
Topics: Rag Radio, Roy Casagranda, Glenn Smith, News Analysis, Politics, Palestine
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May 13, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Historian John Moretta joins Thorne Dreyer and Rag Radio’s Roger Baker to discuss the “myth of the revolutionary left and the reality of the counterrevolutionary right.” Moretta says the real threat to the “republican democratic experiment,” is the violent right wing that has been “lurking in the shadows for decades." “They have always been the threat, not the left.” Dr. John Moretta received his Ph.D. in history from Rice University in 1985 and has published several books...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, John Moretta, Roger Baker, Right-Wing Violence, American History,
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May 6, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest is Michael Klare with Alice Embree joining us as co-host. Klare is Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C. He is also the defense correspondent for The Nation . Klare has written widely on international peace and security, U.S. military policy, and global resource politics. Since the Sixties, Klare has focused on anti-militarism work. He was involved in...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Michael Klare, Alice Embree, Anti-Militarism, China, University of Texas
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Apr 15, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is longtime union organizer and political activist Danny Fetonte who is now working on environmental issues. Danny's primary topic on the show is the lead poisoning from the Fayette Coal Plant in La Grange, Texas. He is campaigning for Austin City Council and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) "to remediate coal ash mismanagement and move towards renewable energy He says the plant is producing coal ash on a daily basis, polluting Central Texas...
Topics: Rag Radio, Danny Fetonte, Thorne Dreyer, Fayette Coal Plant, Lead Poisoning, Pollution, Central...
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Apr 1, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is John Lomax III On his resume, John Lomax III calls himself a “musical catalyst.” Author, music journalist and music photographer, John Lomax III has worked in almost all aspects of the music business, especially with country and roots music. He managed Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle. He’s a CMA Award Winner and also has been honored for his work advocating for country music outside the United States. And in the late '60s-early '70s, John was music...
Topics: John Lomax III, Thorne Dreyer, Musicologist, Music Journalism
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Mar 25, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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On Rag Radio today Alice Embree interviews Julie Fleming about voter suppression in Texas. Alice is a longtime Austin-based activist and writer who serves on the Board of Directors of the New Journalism and is a Rag Radio regular. Julie is an activist with the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA). Also appearing are Thorne Dreyer, Tracey Schulz, and Suzy Shelor They discuss SB7 and HB6 which would ban drive-through and outdoor voting; restrict absentee voting; criminalize small mistakes...
Topics: Julie Fleming, Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, Voter Suppression, Texas Voting Rights
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Mar 12, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda dig into the news with Thorne Dreyer . Topics include the Covid Relief Bill and the role of victory of the Dems in this standoff, as well as the gamble of putting the child tax credit up front.; comparing Biden to earlier presidents like LBJ and FDR; The Snow Apocalypse, Texas electrical politics and Gov. Abbott; Gov. Abbott opening Texas back up; chances of reforming the filibuster, and lots more. Noted Democratic strategist and commentator and Rag Radio...
Topics: Rag Radio, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Covid Relief Bill
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Mar 5, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest, cartoonist and underground comix artist, and writer, is Sharon Rudahl . Rudahl, a veteran of the civil rights movement, is the graphic artist and writer behind A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson: Ballad of an American , which was edited by our friend Paul Buhle and Lawrence Ware. Sharon also did the art and text for a Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman . Sharon is a veteran of the ‘60s-‘70s underground press and the underground comix – with...
Topics: Rag Radio, Sharon Rudahl, Thorne Dreyer, Paul Robeson, Underground Comix, Graphic Novels,...
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Feb 25, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Jim Hightower and Roger Baker join Thorne Dreyer to discuss the Snow Apocalypse and Austin's mass transportation boondoggle. Jim Hightower a former twice-elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner -- and former editor of the Texas Observer in the late '70s -- Hightower is a nationally-syndicated columnist and radio commentator, activist, and public speaker. He was a surrogate to Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign. He is a New York Times bestselling author, editor of the Hightower Lowdown ,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Jim Hightower, Roger Baker, Thorne Dreyer, ERCOT, TXDOT, 2021 Storm, T
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Feb 11, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is Harvey Wasserman , an American journalist, author, democracy activist, and advocate for renewable energy. Wasserman is currently the co-convenor of the Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Coalition . He has been a strategist and organizer in the anti-nuclear movement in the United States for decades. He is the author, co-author, or introducer to some 20 books, including Harvey Wasserman’s History of the United States, with an introduction by...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Harvey Wasserman, Voter Suppression, Environment, Nuclear Power
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James P. Danky and Alice Embree are Thorne Dreyer ’s guests on Rag Radio. Historian, bibliographer, and culture critic Jim Danky is widely known and frequently honored for his work in collecting and cataloging underground and alternative publications. The American Journalism Historians Association honored Danky at its 2019 national convention for his work in preservation of the newspaper collection at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. His first book, Undergrounds , was published in...
Topic: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, James Danky, Alice Embree, Alternative Publications, Wisconsin Historical...
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Jan 21, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Environmental researcher and activist Bruce Melton is Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio. On the show Bruce explains the meaning of a “climate emergency response” and “climate tipping.” Known tipping points include Antarctic collapse, permafrost collapse, epic fires, and sunny day beach erosion. He talks about a “cascade of tipping systems,” and what is irreversible. We also discuss the harm that Donald Trump did and what we can expect from a Biden presidency, with a rundown of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bruce Melton, Climate Change, Environment, Biden Climate Plan
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Jan 14, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio news and politics analysts Roy Casagranda and Glenn Smith are Thorne Dreyer 's guests today. They take a look back at recent events and look forward to possibilities in the new year. They discuss the insurrection at the Capitol including Trump’s role in inciting it, the security services’ lack of preparation for it despite advance warnings.. We also look at the Pandemic in the U.S. and Texas, and the failure of Trump to deal with it. And we look hopefully forward to a Biden...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Political News, Capitol...
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Dec 17, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Historian Robert C. Cottrell is Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio today. On the show we discuss Bob’s book, Izzy: A Biography of I. F. Stone , which was originally published in 1992 and was reprinted this year by Rutgers University Press. Stone, who was best known for his influential newsletter, I. F. Stone’s Weekly , was a major influence on New Left radicals and those opposing the Vietnam War. Cottrell calls his book, “an examination of the life and career of that ofttimes gregarious,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Robert C. Cottrell, Thorne Dreyer, I. F. Stone, Left Historian
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Dec 3, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Leftist scholars and activists Carl Davidson and Bill Fletcher, Jr.   are Thorne Dreyer ’s guests on Rag Radio. On the show they discuss issues raised in their recent article, “Post-election reckoning: New hypotheses for the road ahead” which can be read on The Rag Blog . Topics discussed include voter suppression, racism and “revanchism” (which is the seeking of revenge), the emergence of a right-wing mass movement, the absolute denial of the Trump administration, the issue of the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Carl Davidson, Bill Fletcher Jr., Thorne Dreyer, Leftist Analysis, 2020 Elections
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Nov 26, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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On Rag Radio we discuss Aaron Sorkin’s heralded yet controversial new movie, The Trial of the Chicago 7. Thorne Dreyer ’s guests are original Yippie Judy Gumbo and longtime activist and SDS veteran Alice Embree . The seven (eight if you count Bobby Seale, whose case was eventually severed from the others) were involved in planning demonstrations at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in August 1968 and all were charged with a federal crime of inciting to riot. Both Judy (who managed...
Topics: Rag Radio, Judy Gumbo, Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Bobby Seale, Chicago...
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guests on Rag Radio are Steve Russell and Bill Meacham . Steve Russell’s recently published memoir is Lighting the Fire: A Cherokee Journey from Dropout to Professor . Bill Meacham reviewed Steve’s book last week on The Rag Blog . Steve and Bill both worked on Austin’s underground paper, The Rag , in the late ‘60s and Steve also wrote for the Daily Texan . Both are contributors to The Rag Blog and have appeared previously on Rag Radio. In recent years, Russell has...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Steve Russell, Bill Meacham, Lighting the Fire, Memoir, The Rag Blog, The...
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Oct 22, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio news analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join Thorne Dreyer to discuss the upcoming 2020 elections. Topics include, Will there be a blue tsunami?; How does the Electoral College stack up?; why isn't Texas considered a swing state?; What does the early vote tell us; What are the chances of Democratics taking the presidency, the House, and the Senate?; and What about the down-ticked races? Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith , is an op-ed columnist for the Austin...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, 2020 Elections
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Oct 14, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest today on Rag Radio is Chicago-based writer, filmmaker, political and public policy strategist, and longtime activist Marilyn Katz . On the show Marilyn informs us about an internet event called the All Souls to the Polls Benefit Concert to Get out the Vote this Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18. It’s on https://www.twitch.tv/5050gotv., and on Facebook and YouTube. It features an all-star culturally-diverse cast of entertainers and activists from across the country...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer: Marilyn Katz, Souls to the Polls, 2020 Elections
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Oct 8, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio are longtime Austin-based writer and activist Alice Embree and Julie Fleming, an activist with the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA). On the show we discuss the 2020 elections, with a focus on Texas, and especially the issues of voting and voter suppression. Also joining us are Rag Radio engineer Tracey Schulz and associate Suzy Shelor. Zoom image: Clockwise from top left: Suzy Shelor, Tracey Schulz, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Julie Fleming....
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Julie Fleming, TARA, 2020 Elections
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Sep 24, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is historian and author Philip Russell , who has discussed the state of affairs in Mexico -- first under Enrique Peña Nieto and now under Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) -- for the last six years on Rag Radio. Austin resident Russell has written six books on Latin America, including The Essential History of Mexico (Routledge, 2016), and is the editor of the Mexico Energy News. Philip, who also writes about Mexico for The Rag Blog, is making his 11th appearance on...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Philip Russell, Mexico, López Obrador, Peña Nieto
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Sep 17, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Roger Baker is Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio. Roger is a longtime Austin-based transportation activist and environmentalist and also speaks about issues related to politics and the economy. On this show, we discuss topics including the pandemic and how the Trump administration has handled it; Austin's new Tesla plant; the wildfires and climate change; the Green New Deal; peak oil; Congressional gridlock; and why he opposes Austin's massive Project Connect plan. Also joining us on the show...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Roger Baker, Project Connect, Climate Chaange, Pandemic
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Sep 11, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guests are Melissa Hield and Richard Croxdale of People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a nonprofit research, publishing, and media production organization that brings to life the stories of ordinary people and significant socio-political movements. Melissa Hield is executive director, interviewer, and producer for PHIT video projects. With four other women, she was a founding member of PHIT and has worked on successful projects since 1975. She has a M.A. and is ABD in American...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Melissa Hield, Richard Croxdale, People's History in Texas
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Sep 3, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Our regular Rag Radio new analysis program features Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda who join Thorne Dreyer in addressing the latest developments in the country and the world, especially in the world of politics. Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith , is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, a columnist for The Quorum Report, and a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post. Roy Casagranda is Professor of Government at Austin Community College where...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, KOOP Radio
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Aug 13, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Tom Philpott is the author of the recently-released “Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It.” On the show we discuss farming in the Central Valley of California and the Midwest Corn Belt, two different stories but both are in ecological decline. And the larger issue of the Green New Deal. Tom Philpott has been the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones since 2011. Previously, he covered food as a writer and editor for the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Tom Philpott, Thorne Dreyer, Agriculture, Green New Deal, Ecological Decline
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Jul 23, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Cultural Critic, media scholar, journalist, author, and activist Jonah Raskin is Thorne Dreyer 's guest. Jonah lives in northern California where he writes the cannabis column for two weekly newspapers, The Bohemian and the Pacific Sun . He has written about cannabis politics and culture since the 1970s. The author of biographies of Jack London and Allen Ginsberg and another of Abbie Hoffman, which has just been translated into French and published in France, Jonah is a long time contributor to...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Jonah Raskin, Cannabis, Ed Sanders, Black Lives Matter, Caronavirus
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Jul 16, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Carl Davidson, a longtime friend and colleague, was a leader of the '60s New Left. In the 1960s, Davidson served as Vice President and National Secretary of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and was a writer and editor at the leftist Guardian newsweekly. On the show we discuss the unprecedented convergence of crises facing us and ways that we can address them, the political situation in the country, the recent uptick in progressive Democratic victories and the pressure on Biden to...
Topics: Rag Radio, Carl Davidson, Thorne Dreyer, Leftist Analysis, Socialists, Current Affairs
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Jul 3, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest is environmental researcher and activist Bruce Melton. Bruce, a longtime contributor to The Rag Blog and frequent guest on Rag Radio, is a professional engineer, filmmaker, author, and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative, the oldest independent climate science education organization in the world, founded in 2005. On the show Melton discusses issues raised in his current Rag Blog article, titled "Covid-19, Climate Change, permafrost collapse and our new, abruptly...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bruce Melton, Environment, Covid-19, Climate Change
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Jun 25, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Lamar W. Hankins , a former San Marcos, Texas, City Attorney. Lamar is a frequent collumnist for The Rag Blog and recently wrote an article titled "The crime of dark skin: There is little justice in the 'criminal legal system' for black people." That article can be found here . In the article -- and on Rag Radio -- Lamar discusses his personal experiences with the legal and criminal justice systems. We are joined on the show by Rag Radio engineer Tracey...
Topics: Rag Radio, Lamar W. Hankins, Thorne Dreyer, Racism, Criminal Justice
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Jun 17, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Allen Young , longtime progressive journalist and gay activist. Allen has lived in Rayalston, Mass, since 1973, when he was part of the "back-to-the-earth" movement. He worked briefly for the Washington Pos t, resigning in 1967 to become a full-time anti-war activist and staff member at Liberation News Service (LNS) in New York City where he worked with Rag Radio host Dreyer. In 1970, following the Stonewall Rebellion in New York, Young began his...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Allen Young, Gay Activists, Liberation News Service, Progressive...
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Jun 14, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and news analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda talk about the latest on the coronavirus epidemic and the Black Lives Matter revolt. Also with us are Suzy Shelor and Rag Radio engineer Tracey Schulz. This is our first new show since the pandemic shut us all in; We recorded it via Zoom from our homes. Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith , is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman , a columnist for The Quorum Report , and a former political...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Black Lives Matter,...
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Mar 15, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Alice Embree is Thorne Dreyer 's guest host on Rag Radio this week. Alice is a longtime Austin political activist and journalist and a Rag Radio regular. Alice's guests are Sarah Lopez of Fund Texas Choice and Cristina Parker of the Lilith Fund. The show focuses specifically on abortion access in Texas as well as other reproductive justice issues. All three guests are highly attuned to the issues of racial and immigration justice and their impact on abortion access. They represent a new...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Sarah Lopez, Cristina Parker, Reproductive Justice,...
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Mar 8, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Joining Thorne Dreyer are Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda and they're digging into the news. Pressing topics are Super Tuesday and the elections -- and what happens next -- and the coronavirus, especially as it involves Texas and SXSW. And, of course, Trump's lies. Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith , is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, a columnist for The Quorum Report, and a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post. A leading political...
Topics: Rag Radio, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Coronavirus, Presidential Elections, Super...
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Mar 1, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Louis Black . Louis is a co-founder of South by Southwest (SXSW), where he is a director, and The Austin Chronicle , where he was the editor for 36 years, and is a founding board member of the Austin Film Society. As someone who was deeply involved in much of the legendary culture of creativity in Austin, he and his work have also been defined by it. With partners, he helped build several of Austin's most iconic institutions, including the Austin Music Awards and the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Louis Black, South by Southwest, The Austin Chronicle, Austin History
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Feb 16, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Today's show is a Valentine's Card from Sonoma County, California. Journalist and author Jonah Raskin is Thorne Dreyer 's guest in a Valentine's Day special of sorts. Jonah reads some Valentine's Day poems and he'll also discuss the British TV series, Vera , a police procedural that reveals the "Other England." Vera, Jonah says, has a certain "Shakespearian veracity." And he'll talk about homelessness in Sonoma County's wealthy Wine Country and report on the latest on the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Jonah Raskin, Thorne Dreyer, Homelessness, Cannabis
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Feb 14, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is historian and author Philip Russell , who has discussed the state of affairs in Mexico -- first under Enrique Peña Nieto and now under Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) -- for the last six years on Rag Radio. Among topics discussed are the political scene in Mexico under AMLO -- inside his party and outside. Also, his environmental record, security, his popularity, the economy, his three pet megaprojects, energy policy, immigration, and Mexico's Air Force One....
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Philip Russell, Mexico
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Historian John A. Moretta is Thorne Dreyer's guest today on Rag Radio, and they are joined by Sixties activist and Rag Radio associate, Alice Embree. Moretta is the author of Political Hippies and Hip Politicos: Counterculture Alliance and Cultural Radicalism in 1960s Austin, published this month in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly by the Texas State Historical Association -- which he plans to expand into a book later this year. Moretta was also the author in 2017 of a book about the 1960s...
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Jan 26, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio is Elliott Naishtat. Naishtat -- a progressive Democrat who held the District 49 seat in the Texas House of Representatives from January 1991 to January 2017 -- is an Austin-based member of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The mission of the Holocaust Commission is "to bring awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides to Texas students, educators, and the general public by ensuring availability of resources, and in doing so imbue in...
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Jan 24, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Today's show features Roy Casagranda and Banafsheh Madaninejad and we're talking about "Scorned Love: The U.S.' Bizarre Obsession with Iran." Why does the U.S. hate Iran so much? What are U.S. and Iranian foreign policy objectives? Where do Iraq, Syria, and Yemen come in? And, in general, the web of alliances and enemies. What about Iran's shooting down the passenger plane -- and how did they react to the demonstrations? And why did the U.S. back down on the brink of war? (Roy says...
Topic: Rag Radio 2020-01-17 - Banafsheh Madaninejad & Roy Casagranda
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Jan 18, 2020
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Jan 12, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Sherwood Bishop, president of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and one of its founders in 1998, is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. We are also joined by local activist and Rag Radio regular, Alice Embree. The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, now in its 23rd year, is aiming for, and achieving, goals that are unique in Texas and in the U.S. Working with local governments and other groups, they have almost completed a "wreath" of parkland encircling the city. They are also developing...
Topics: Rag Radio, Sherwood Bishop, Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance,...
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Dec 22, 2019 Rag Radio
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Rag Radio 2019-12-20 - Glenn Smith & Roy Casagranda
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Nov 24, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, a native Texan, has been a published writer for the past 40 years and this is his fourth visit to Rag Radio. Tom is a Vietnam vet, an anti-war, environmental, and electoral reform activist, an aviation historian, and the author of several books. His latest book, which we discuss on this show, is MiG Alley: The U.S. Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953. According to Tom, "The book goes into some deep detail about the mistakes we made in Korea, the crimes committed against...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, Thorne Dreyer, American Authors, MiG Alley, Aviation History
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Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda are joined by Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies in our regular feature, Digging In! to the News. Among topics to be discussed: This week's elections in Texas and around the country, including the Texas House District runoff for Rep. John Zerwas' seat; the latest on impeachment and the Trump circus; the continuing fallout from the Texas House Speaker Bonnen affair; global revolution again: from Hong Kong to...
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Nov 3, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests on Rag Radio today are iconic Austin artist, Jim Franklin , and Leea Mechling , director of the Austin Museum of Popular Culture (AusPop), which is currently showing Franklin's paintings and posters. Jim Franklin , a national treasure and iconic Austin figure, is a classically-trained surrealist painter. He is, however, best known for his poster art first created for the Armadillo World Headquarters, and more specifically for his detailed, surrealistic illustrations of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Jim Franklin, Leea Mechling, Tracey Schulz, Armadillo Artist, Surrealist...
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Oct 30, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is Severo Perez , whose new book of fiction, Odd Birds , is featured at this week's Texas Book Festival in Austin. Perez, an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, and writer, grew up in working-class Westside San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. For over 45 years he produced programing for PBS, network, and cable television. His feature film adaptation of Tomas Rivera's novel, ...and the earth did not swallow him (1994) won 11...
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Oct 25, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests are Cleve and Sweet Mary Hattersley of the legendary Austin band, Greezy Wheels , members of the Austin Music Hall of Fame. Cleve and Sweet Mary perform, we play some music from their new cd, "Ain't Quite Like That," and we talk about Cleve's new book, Life is a Butt Dial -- and about their upcoming Merry Kinksters Tour with Kinky Friedman. Founded in the early '70s, Greezy Wheels is one of Austin's most iconic bands. Greezy played some of the most important...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Cleve Hattersley, Sweet Mary Hattersley, Greezy Wheels, Austin Musicians,...
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Oct 13, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is singer-songwriter Penny Jo Pullus who performs,  backed by Matt Giles and Siobhán O'Brien , and also discusses her work with TeXchromosome, a nonprofit that advocates for, showcases, and promotes women artists. TeXchromosome includes a live music series and radio show and offers female-focused songwriting festivals and creative writing and career workshops to female musicians. Penny Jo Pullus' music combines roots and pop stylings. Starting out in the New York punk...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Penny Jo Pullus, Matt Giles, Siobhán O'Brien, Austin Musicians, Irish...
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Sep 28, 2019 Rag Radio
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On the occasion of our 10th anniversary, Thorne Dreyer , Alice Embree , Tracey Schulz , Suzy Shelor , Roy Casagranda , and Roger Baker discuss our first decade of Rag Radio programming. Plus some history of The Rag , Austin's legendary '60s-'70s underground newspaper, and its digital-age rebirth with The Rag Blog in 2006 and Rag Radio in 2009. Also featured are highlights and snippets from former shows with guests including Dan Rather and Robin Rather, Bill Kirchen, Margaret Moser, Bill Ayers...
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Sep 22, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest is Chellis Glendinning, author of In the Company of Rebels: A Generational Memoir of Bohemians, Deep Heads, and History Makers . Glendinning, an award-winning writer and activist for social change, is a noted contributor to the field of eco-psychology, as well as bioregionalism, feminism, and indigenous rights. Chellis is the author of nine books, a bilingual opera, and hundreds of essays and articles - and several of her pieces have been published at The Rag Blog . A...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Chellis Glendinning, Authors, Political Activists, Bolivian Writers
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Sep 18, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio is singer, songwriter, and percussionist John Bush, joined in performance by guitarist Landis Armstrong. John Bush, who performs with the John Bush Band and other groups, is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in drums and percussion. Besides being an original member of the platinum-selling band, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Bush has played with Texas Music Hall of Famers Greezy Wheels, and has worked with many national and regional acts including Ian...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, John Bush, Landis Armstrong, Musical Performance
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Sep 13, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join host Thorne Dreyer in our regular feature, Digging In! to the News. Among topics to be discussed: Hong Kong; Brexit; Trump's falling numbers; can Texas Dems take the State House?; and the controversy surrounding Texas House speaker Bonnen. And more: The upcoming presidential debate in Houston; The narrative that Warren and Sanders are pulling the Dems too far to the left; the Hurricane Dorian that is Trump's mind!; and the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, News Analysis, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda
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Aug 25, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest is Dawn Paley, whose first book, Drug War Capitalism, tells us that, "The drug war is less about cocaine or marijuana than it is about social, economic, and territorial control... [it] lays bare the mechanisms through which state and corporate interests are advanced under the pretext of fighting drugs in Latin America." We talk with Paley about the myths of the drug war and the real human impacts it has in Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. We discuss...
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests are journalist and musician Michael Simmons , author and former Yippie Jonah Raskin and original Yippie Judy Gumbo Albert . This is the second of three Rag Radio tributes to the late Paul Krassner -- legendary social satirist, editor of The Realist , and a founder of the Yippies, and our dear friend and colleague -- who passed away July 21 at the age of 87. As leader of the band Michael Simmons & Slewfoot in the 1970s, the front man was dubbed "The Father of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Paul Krassner, Michael Simmons, Jonah Raskin, Judy Gumbo Albert, American...
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Jul 28, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is acclaimed jazz singer and songwriter Sarah Sharp who joins us in conversation and live performance, accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Mitch Watkins . Sarah currently holds down the fort on Tuesdays at Austin's premier jazz venue, the Elephant Room. Sharp has topped the Austin Music Awards as Best Female Vocalist, Best Producer, Best Songwriter, and for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Band of the Year, and Best Jazz Band. Sarah has been featured on NPR's "Song...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Sarah Sharp, Mitch Watkins, Austin Musicians, Jazz Singers, Live Music
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Jul 25, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests are children's nonfiction author Cynthia Levinson and constitutional scholar Sanford Levinson . The Levinsons, who are married, authored the award-winning book, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today , a book that is primarily aimed at teen and preteen readers. They address the fact that many of the political issues we struggle with now -- like gerrymandering and the electoral college, limits on removing a...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Cynthia Levinson, Sanford Lefinson, U.S. Constitution
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Jul 7, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is award-winning writer, activist, and academic Raj Patel . Raj discusses Agriculture and the Green New Deal. Raj Patel is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. He studies the global food system and alternatives to it. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics,...
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Jun 30, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join host Thorne Dreyer in our regular feature, Digging In! to the News. We focus on the aftermath of the Dem debates and Roy leads a discussion about our situation with Iran. Did Elizabeth Warren dominate the first debate and did Kamala Harris become a force to reckon with? Did Uncle Joe falter and is his position atop the heap in danger? And as Roy asked after Trump stepped back from the brink in Iran, "Why didn't we just start...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Iran, Democratic Debates
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Jun 22, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest Bruce Melton , a longtime contributor to The Rag Blog and guest on Rag Radio , is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, author, and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative in Austin, Texas -- the oldest, independent climate science education organization in the world, founded in 2005. We will discuss the presidential candidates' climate plans, including that of Elizabeth Warren. On the show we talk about carbon dioxide removal systems, Bruce's...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bruce Melton, Climate Change, Global Warming, Padre Island
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Cultural Critic, media scholar, activist, and Rag Blog contributor Jonah Raskin is Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio. Jonah Raskin's latest "California noir" novel is Dark Day, Dark Night . His earlier novel featuring private eye Tioga Vignetta was Dark Land, Dark Mirror . Jonah Raskin is an activist and educator and the author of more than a dozen books (and poetry chap books), including biographies of Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman. A Sixties radical (he was Minister of...
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Pete Gershon , author of Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985 , the raucous, delightful, no-holds-barred story of how contemporary art came to Houston. (Clue: It was a collision!) In this expansive and vigorous survey of the Houston art scene, Gershon describes the city's emergence as a locus for the arts. Cheech Marin says that "...Pete Gershon puts you in the middle of this wild, dynamic scene..." And, according to Bill Arning,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Pete Gershon, Houston Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Art History
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Jun 1, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Danielle Jaussaud is Thorne Drey er's guest on Rag Radio, and they are joined by Rag Radio regular Alice Embree as primary interviewer. Jaussaud is the author of a gripping new memoir, The Dilsberg Engagement: Love, Dissent and Reprisals . Jaussaud's book is the story of handsome and adventurous young Specialist Mike McDougal, a clerk in a U.S. Military Intelligence unit near Dilsberg, Germany, who discovers materials that document illegal espionage activities by the U.S. Army. And it is the...
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Historian and author Robert C. Cottrell is Thorne Dreyer' s guest on Rag Radio . Cottrell's latest book is All-American Rebellion: The American Left from the Wobblies to the Resistance. In the book, Cottrell traces the rise and fall, ebb and flow of left-wing American movements, from an overview of early 20th century movements through the 1960s to today's Trump-inspired resistance -- from women's suffrage to civil rights, to the environment, to the gay and lesbian liberation movement, and much...
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On Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer , we once again search for extraterrestrial life with preeminent American astronomer Dr. Neal Evans * -- but this time we are joined by anthropologist and religious studies professor Dr. John W. Traphagan . The quest for extraterrestrial life primarily involves searching for stars that are somewhat similar to ours and planets that might have conditions close to those on Earth. In addition to updating us about the most recent developments on the likelihood of life...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Neal Evans, John Traphagan, Extraterrestrial Life, Astronomy, Ethics
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May 12, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is immigration attorney and legal scholar, Barbara Hines . Hines, a former clinical professor and founder of the University of Texas Law School Immigration Clinic, directed and co-directed the clinic from 1999 to 2014. She currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the law school. Professor Hines says there is no security threat at the border, and she tells us why -- and we discuss the wrongheaded nature of the enforcement-based Trump approach to...
Topics: Rag Radio, Barbara Hines, Immigration, Thorne Dreyer, Mexican Border, Trump Administration
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May 3, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is historian and author Philip Russell who discusses Mexico under the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), whose popular new progressive leadership followed the corrupt regime of Enrique Peña Nieto. Philip, who just returned from Mexico, will addresses the Mexican economy (and AMLO's micromanaging), his energy policy, fighting fuel theft, Mexico's never-ending violence, migration as seen from the Mexican perspective, Lopéz Obrador's daily press...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Philip Russell, Mexican History, AMLO, Lopéz Obrador, Mexico
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Apr 18, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Leading leftist thinker and organizer Carl Davidson joins Thorne Dreye r to address the question: "Socialism in America: What Might It Look Like?" Other topics include Donald Trump as a front for the Russian mob, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday. Carl Davidson, a longtime friend and colleague, was a leader of the '60s New Left. Carl is co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a national board member of Solidarity Economy Network, and a member...
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Apr 7, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Ed Crowell , author of Barton Creek . Following Barton Creek from downtown Austin's iconic Barton Springs Pool to its source as a cow-pasture trickle, longtime resident and journalist Ed Crowell explores the creek's contentious political history, its historic and current residents, and the mounting environmental pressures threatening it. Barton Creek highlights the passionate individuals involved in the stream's preservation, from city scientists to local landowners,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Ed Crowell, Tracey Schulz, Barton Springs, Barton Creek, Austin History,...
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On the weekend of February 13-15, 2019, several dozen youngsters who worked at KPFT-FM -- the Pacifica Foundation-owned radio station in Houston -- during the mid-1970s, gathered at several Houston sites, including the historic Anderson Fair acoustic venue, to hold a reunion. It was a rousing success. During the ‘70s, KPFT was one of the most radical and innovative radio stations in the United States. On Rag Radio, radio gurus Larry Yurdin and Marty Manning join host Thorne Dreyer to discuss...
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Mar 22, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Against the backdrop of SXSW -- and dedicated to theworldwide struggle against global warming -- Rag Radio presents The Band Climate Change in performance. Led by Bruce Melton , Rag Radio resident climate guru, other members of the band are George Hadash , Philip Fulton, Ken Atwater, and Tom Williams.   Founded in 2002 the band started singing about climate change in 2008 after lead singer Melton returned from Greenland. Warming impacts were so profound, he was moved to write, and discovered...
Topics: Bruce Melto, The Band Climate Change, Live Music, Climate Change, Global Warming
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Mar 10, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio is writer Joe Nick Patoski, whose tenth book is Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas. Patoski has been writing about Texas and Texans for more than four decades. A staff writer for Texas Monthly magazine for 18 years, and a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, he has authored and co-authored biographies of Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Selena, and the Dallas Cowboys, and collaborated with...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Joe Nick Patoski, Tracey Schulz, Texas Authors, Austin, Austin to ATX,...
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Mar 3, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join host Thorne Dreyer in our regular feature, Digging In! to the News. Among topics discussed are Trump's Hanoi heartbreak, the Cohen testimony and other developments in the Trump investigation; taking ISIL nationals back and why that's a good idea; the Texas voter registration fiasco; and the rise of AOC. Progress Texas PAC director Glenn Smith, is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, a columnist for The Quorum...
Topics: Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, Thorne Dreyer, Digging In!, News Analysis
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Mar 3, 2019 Rag Radio
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Mar 1, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Novelist Thomas Zigal is Thorne Dreye r's guest on Rag Radio. Tom's dramatic new book, Outcry Witness , is about sexual abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. It is the third novel in his New Orleans trilogy. First was The White League,   then Many Rivers to Cross , set in post-Katrina New Orleans, which won the Jesse H. Jones Award for fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Tom Zigal lives in Austin, Texas. Anthony Giardina writes: "As much as we think we all know about the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thomas Zigal, Thorne Dreyer, Outcry Witness, Tracey Schulz, Texas Novelists, Texas...
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Thorne Dreyer's guest host Alice Embree interviews three Texas organizers for a Green New Deal . Her guests are Kelly Williamson , Jere Locke , and Madeline Detelich . On February 7, 2019, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced a congressional resolution proposing a Green New Deal. The plan simultaneously tackles economic inequity and climate change, with the intent of making the U.S. carbon-neutral, with net zero carbon emissions in the next 10 years. The Green...
Topics: Green New Deal, Alice Embree, Kelly Williamson, Jere Locke, Austin Activists, Climate Change,...
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Feb 10, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Eliza Gilkyson , twice Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and activist, is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio, with discussion and life performance. This is Eliza's fourth visit to Rag Radio. Gilkyson, one of the nation's most respected folk, roots, and Americana musicians has just released her 20th album, Secularia , the long-awaited follow-up to Eliza's 2015 Grammy-nominated Nocturne Diaries. Secularia is a collection of songs old and new that reflect her ongoing search for meaningful...
Topics: Rag Radio, Eliza Gilkyson, Thorne Dreyer, Tracey Schulz, Texas Musicians, Folksingers,...
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Rag Radio political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join host Thorne Dreyer on the latest edition of "Digging In!," our own unique view of the news. The first topic Glenn and Roy tackle is the government shutdown (and the Trump-Pelosi wars). Other topics: Brexit, the 2020 depression, the new House of Reps, and the right's obsession with Alexandria Octavio-Cortez; the Dem presidential field (so far) and, from the Texas wire: Cruz and Cornyn sticking with Trump, and the Texas...
Topics: Rag Radio, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, U.S. Politics
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Jan 20, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Houston-based Western balladeer Bobby Bridger , who is also an author, playwright, painter, and historian. Most recently, Bridger is the producer of Indigenous Audiobooks. The first in the new series is The World We Used to Live In: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men , by leading Native American scholar Vine Deloria. The book is read by celebrated Cherokee actor Wes Studi ( Dances with Wolves , The Last of the Mohicans , Geronimo ). Bobby Bridger has recorded...
Topics: Bobby Bridger, Thorne Dreyer, Tracey Schulz, Western Balladeer, Native American Historian, Vine...
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Jan 13, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is Dr. Don Carleton , executive director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.  Carleton has held that title since the preeminent history research center opened in 1991. Joining Dreyer in the interview is Rag Radio's Alice Embree . The Briscoe Center's archival, artifact, and library collections contain historical treasures documenting key themes in Texas and U.S. history. On the show we'll discuss Don's...
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests on Rag Radio are Dr. Suzanne Seriff and noted Austin civil rights activist and movement lawyer Malcolm Greenstein , plus an airing of student-produced "stories" featuring Greenstein, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman , and women's activist and journalist Freida Werden . This is Part 2 of our feature on "UT Jews in the Civil Rights Era." Dr. Seriff, a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at UT, organized an ambitious project sponsored by...
Topics: Rag Radio, Dr Suzanne Seriff, Malcolm Greenstein, Thorne Dreyer, Tracey Schulz: Schusterman Center,...
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In 1969, activist and history grad student Paul Buhle  published a special graphic issue of his SDS journal, Radical America . He enlisted Austin-based cartoonist of Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers fame,  Gilbert Shelton ,  to edit what would be the first merger of New Left politics with the burgeoning counterculture and underground comix movements. Paul Buhle and Gilbert Shelton are Thorne Dreyer 's guests on Rag Radio.   Now, in 2018, Radical America Komiks has been reissued with a new...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Gilbert Shelton, Paul Buhle, Tracey Schulz, Underground Comix, Radical...
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Over the course of 13 weeks, in a program called "UT Jews in the Civil Rights Era" sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT-Austin, students of Dr. Suzanne Seriff did extensive research and oral history interviews and created six 10-minute "stories," each featuring someone who made an impact on and was impacted by the '60s Movement. Last Sunday a symposium was held at UT, the stories were premiered and a roundtable discussion followed -- plus the massive...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Dr. Suzanne Seriff, Yesmarily Lopez-Perez, Tracey Schulz, Folklife...
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Dec 7, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Noted Democratic strategist and Rag Radio political analyst Glenn Smith and Austin Community College Government Professor, Roy Casagranda, join host Thorne Dreyer on our latest edition of "Digging In!," our own unique view of the news. We spend some time focusing on the next two years, which may be harder than the last two. Trump is a wounded bear. What will he do? How will Dems react? In Texas, Democrats are stronger than they've been in years, taking offices in all the urban areas,...
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Nov 21, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest, Rag Radio environmental reporter Bruce Melton, is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, author, longtime contributor to The Rag Blog, and CEO of the Climate Now Initiative based in Austin. Today, we discuss the California fires; the Kingsland flood; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's new report; Bruce's film, Climate Change Across America; the Titanic II (not safe from icebergs); and, yes, some good news too. Rag Radio is produced in...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bruce Melton, Tracey Schulz, Climate Change, Environmental Activists
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Nov 11, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Jim Hightower is Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio, and it's always a great honor -- and a lot of fun -- to have Jim on the show! Our primary topic is the midterm elections and about the political path ahead. "Populist road warrior" Hightower is a progressive political activist who is on the national board of the Bernie Sanders-initiated Our Revolution and is active with Our Revolution in Texas. A former twice-elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner -- and former editor of the Texas...
Topics: Rag Radio, Jim Hightower, Thorne Dreyer, Tracey Schulz, 2018 Elections
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Nov 4, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Gareth Higgins was born in Belfast in 1975, grew up during the Northern Ireland Troubles, and now lives in North Carolina. As a storyteller he works to reduce violence arising out of participating in the peace process in and about his homeland, and his own personal experience of violence, trauma, and division. He writes and speaks about connection to each other, the earth, cinema, and the power of dreams, peace, and making justice, and how to take life seriously without believing your own...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Gareth Higgins, Tracey Schulz, Peace Activists, Storytellers, Northern...
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Legendary activists and educators Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohr n are interviewed by Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and writer/activist Alice Embree . Among topics: Police murder and the verdict in the LaQuan McDonald case in Chicago. War and Peace. Women and girls. Resistance. Mass incarceration and youth. Schools and educational policy. Bill Ayers is a social justice activist and an elementary education theorist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Alice Embree, Tracey Schulz, Weather...
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Oct 14, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Mariann Garner-Wizard -- now Mariann Wizard Vasquez -- one of the originators of The Rag 's print version and an early contributor to/supporter of The Rag Blog , who has "abandoned Babylon for the considerable charms of a dreadlock Rastaman" in Belize, and is in the process of going Native, while stubbornly maintaining her Wizardly ways. Mariann's new book of poetry -- Tempted to Tell All -- is a "joyous, subversive, prophetic, funny, angry, romantic...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Mariann Garner-Wizard, Tracey Schulz, Poetry
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Sep 30, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio regular Roy Casagranda is Thorne Dreyer 's guest. Roy has been lecturing about Western Civilization and ancient history, "trying to tease out the misogynist and racist elements of the concept of Western Civilization and the way we look at it." Roy is also writing about the "Conspiracy to Write Women Out of History." And his new historical novel, The Blood Throne of Caria , "pushes back against the dominant misogynistic and racist portrayals of Artemisia I of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Roy Casagranda, Tracey Schulz, Western Civilization, Racism, Misogyny
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Sep 20, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Host Thorne Dreyer and Rag Radio political analyst Glenn Smith give us their unique view of the news. "Digging In" is a regular feature on Rag Radio. Smith and Dreyer talk about Beto O'Rourke and his new, national star status -- and handicap his race against Ted Cruz. Glen did a TV interview about the upcoming Willie Nelson/Beto O'Rourke concert event and said, “Beto could do for Texas politics what Willie did for music: both are innovative, fresh, committed, skilled, with star...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Tracey Schulz, News Analysis
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Sep 9, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer2018-09-07
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Multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress and award-winning Austin-based musician Gina Chavez never thought she'd see the day when two women could marry in Texas. Then again, she never thought she would marry a woman. "Heaven Knows," a track "steeped in slow-burn soul and uptempo R&B, "the first single off her upcoming five-song EP, Lightbeam, holds a very special place in Chavez's heart as it delves deeply into her personal relationship with her wife, Jodi Granado, and the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Gina Chavez, Tracey Schulz, Austin Music, Singer-Songwriters, Gay...
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Sep 2, 2018 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Alyce Guynn began public reading at Austin's iconic Alamo Lounge and emmajoe's. Deal Me In , her book of 52 love poems, is illustrated by Jesse "Guitar" Taylor. The chapbook Beyond Blue is her homage to the late Champ Hood, with whom, along with Marvin Dykhuis, she often performed. Marvin and Alyce recorded a CD featuring poems from Deal Me In with Marvin providing the music. Alyce's poems appear in Feeding the Crow , Seventh Quarry, various chapbooks, magazines, liner notes, blogs --...
Topics: Rag Radio, Alyce Guynn, Alice Embree, Austin Poets, Poetry
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Thorne Dreyer' s guests on Rag Radio are Joe R. Lansdale , multi-genre novelist perhaps best known for his Hap and Leonard series of dark, ironic mysteries, and Joe's daughter, Kasey Lansdale , a singer-songwriter and author. The father-daughter team recently released a collaborative short story collection, Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors . Joe Lansdale has authored more than 80 novels, short story collections, comic book adaptations, and graphic novels, many in the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale, Tracey Schulz, Mystery Writers,...